This weekend, international boxing takes center stage with four must-see bouts across two continents, featuring Ioka, Adames, Lubin, and Martinez.
Joshua Franco vs Kazuto Ioka
In Tokyo, Joshua Franco faces Kazuto Ioka in a highly anticipated rematch for the WBA Super Flyweight title. Their first fight on New Year’s Eve 2022 ended in a debated draw. Franco’s career has been eventful with two trilogies since 2018. Ioka, a living legend with world titles from Minimumweight to Super Flyweight, seeks to avenge the draw, with his sights set on a possible unification bout against Junto Nakatani.
Fernando Martinez vs Jade Bornea
In Minneapolis, Fernando Martinez, the IBF Super Flyweight champion, defends his title against the undefeated Jade Bornea. Martinez earned his title and gained mainstream exposure by defeating Jerwin Ancajas. Bornea, although relatively unknown, has a record of 12 stoppage wins, promising an explosive fight.
Erickson Lubin vs Luis Arias
Erickson Lubin and Luis Arias clash in a pivotal light middleweight bout. Lubin’s promising career hit a snag with a defeat against Jermell Charlo in 2017 but rebounded with impressive victories. Arias has shown skill at 154 lbs. Both fighters are aiming for a win to propel them into championship contention.
Carlos Adames vs Julian Williams
Lastly, Carlos Adames defends his WBC interim title against former unified light middleweight champion Julian Williams. This critical bout could determine the middleweight landscape. Adames has recovered from a loss in 2019, while Williams aims to reclaim glory after losing his titles.
Stay tuned for action-packed bouts this weekend.